VTech Safe&Sound® Baby Monitor Review (+ Twitter Party to WIN Big!)

Read below for my review of the VTech Safe & Sound Baby Monitor + news on a fun Twitter party later this week!

Timing can be a funny thing sometimes. About a month ago, Jay and I were talking randomly about kids and baby things, and things that we’re still going to need whenever baby #2 comes around (I know I’ve mentioned this more than once lately but, no, I’m not pregnant…I promise). Anyway…

One of the things that I said we’d probably need is a second baby monitor. Jay looked at me like I was crazy, saying, “Babe, we have a monitor.” To which I proceed to respond, “Yes we do, but I don’t intend to stop stalking Lucas while he sleeps whenever another baby comes along.”

I’ll admit, it got me thinking for a bit. I mean, am I crazy? Personally, I want to keep a monitor in his room until he goes off to college (kidding…maybe) but really, when do parents typically decide, okay, we can ditch the monitor?

Regardless, it was safe to say that we were still going to need a second monitor somewhere down the road. And then, the very next day, I open my email inbox to see an email waiting for me…asking if I’d be interested in reviewing a new monitor from VTech. Seriously? Was someone in my brain??

Well, of course I was absolutely interested and immediately said yes…and here we are today! So let’s get to it.

I was sent a VTech Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Baby Monitor to review.

VTech Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Baby Monitor

Product model: VM333, Cost: $179.95

One of the first things that caught my eye, before I even opened the box, was the fact that it has a temperature sensor (one thing our current monitor doesn’t have), which is something I’m always worrying about in our house. So this is/was definitely a plus for me.

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Another thing I noticed right away was its multiple viewing options.  The system supports viewing of up to 4 total cameras from one parent unit, which allows it to grow with your family. The various viewing modes include single view (one camera only), split view (cycles through cameras on single view before stopping on split view) and patrol mode (single view that transitions to a different camera every 7 seconds).

Once we got the monitor out and started working around with it a bit, I wanted to check out some more of its key features. The VTech Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Baby Monitor camera pans up to 270 degrees side-to-side and tilts as many as 124 degrees up and down. It also allows you to zoom in up to 2x to get a closer look at your little one which, as some of you probably know, is a much appreciated feature sometimes!

VTech Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Baby Monitor

This was actually one area where we had some difficulty with the monitor, as we had a really hard time finding a spot in his room where we could get the angle/view that we wanted. Previously, we had his monitor so it was a direct view down into his crib, so we could see everything. However, the bracket that came with the VTech didn’t allow it to move quite enough to give us that same angle/view. I wouldn’t say that this was a deal breaker by any means, but it did just force us to have to readjust our views.

Eventually, we were able to sit the camera on top of one of the shelves in the corner of his room, and it gives us this view of the crib.

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We can certainly see when he’s up/standing, and we can hear him no problem; it’s just the views when he’s laying down that are difficult. We’ll probably play around again more with maneuvering the camera to see if we can try another angle. We also had to move his sound machine (seen in a couple of photos above, to the left) because it was picking up on that noise too much.

As for the parent unit? It boasts a high-resolution, 2.8-inch color LCD screen, which really is a beautiful picture. Jay and I both agreed that the camera on this monitor looks much better/clearer than the other one we previous had, so this got 4 enthusiastic thumbs up from us! The monitor also has a talk-back intercom, automatic night vision, and up to 1,000 feet of range, so you know what’s happening even when you’re in another room (or, in our case, in the backyard…when the whether isn’t minus a million degrees, that is).

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Another important feature? The Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Baby Monitor comes equipped with digital transmission. The signal is digitized and encrypted, ensuring video and audio transmission are always private and secure (<– which is, sadly, so important in this day and age).

Overall Thoughts?

Overall, Jay and I really like the VTech Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Baby Monitor and agree that this is one that we would have purchased on our own. The one flaw we had was not being able to get the exact angle that we’d prefer, but now that Lucas is a bit older, I don’t know if that direct view is quite as important. Whenever baby #2 comes around, I’ll definitely want that direct shot of the crib, but I’ll also be able to put the camera right on the side of the crib rails without anyone trying to grab it so that will be a non-issue. I also think that it’s a fairly good price for the quality and features you receive.

Want a chance to win a FREE VTech Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Baby Monitor along with some other great prizes??

Join me this Wednesday, February 18th at 1 p.m. EST, while I co-host the #VTechBaby Twitter Party! Check out the details below:

Twitter Party Information

What: Whether you’re enjoying your infant’s sweet little smiles or admiring your toddler’s growing independence, we know you never want to miss a moment with your children. Thankfully, VTech’s Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Baby Monitor has you covered. With features like remote pan, tilt and zoom to scan your child’s room, automatic night vision and digital transmission that’s private and secure, you can be sure you know exactly what’s happening with your little one during naptime or playtime! Join me for a Twitter party to learn more about this amazing product and to chat about general baby and child safety tips!

When: Wednesday, February 18 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #VTechBaby hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite: http://vite.io/themotherhood

Hashtag: #VTechBaby

Prizes: During the party, we will be giving away five nursery safety baskets featuring VTech Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Baby Monitors to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Prizes limited to U.S. participants only.

Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TMChatHost, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by VTech and The Motherhood. I received free product and compensation for my time but, as always, all opinions are my own.

Lucas: 18 Months

As I sit down to type this post, I’m still having a hard time grasping the fact that my little baby is already a year and a half old (today, actually!). The speed at which the last 18 months has flown is kind of overwhelming at times, if I’m being honest. But at the same time, it’s also exciting because it just keeps bringing us one day closer to something fun and new. Because, really? I swear there’s something new developing by the day!

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Weight & Height: Lucas has his 18 month appointment next Monday, but according to our (very) unofficial measurements, Lucas weighs about 31lbs (I question that, we’ll see next week) and is about 33-1/2 inches tall.

Eating: Gahhh…totally hit or miss here. Some days, I swear he eats more than I do. Other days, it’s a struggle to get him to eat anything, including most of his (usual) standbys. When he isn’t being super picky, we can usually count on him eating something from his favorites: chicken meatballs, hot dogs (we love Applegate Farms), cheesy spinach pasta, cold plain pasta (I know…?), blueberries, pears, grapes, apples, yogurt, PB&J, eggs, goldfish, graham crackers, Nutrigrain bars, string cheese, and most food pouches that aren’t super textured.

Lucas 18 monthsHe also likes Gerber cookies…as does his mama.

Lucas, as you probably already read, FINALLY dropped his last bottle! He was only getting one at bedtime and, honestly, I wasn’t really pushing it. It didn’t bother me, and I figured he’d let me know when he was no longer interested. Well, he certainty did just that and, now, the bottles are tucked nicely away in the basement. WOO HOO!

Sleeping (naps): We’re finally at a time where we can be somewhat flexible with his naps, if needed. Most days, we’re (sadly) down to one nap, and he usually goes down somewhere between 10-11am. His naps can last anywhere between 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours. If his first nap is early enough (and short enough), he’ll occasionally take a short afternoon nap, too.

Sleeping (at night): Currently, we’re doing great and he’s sleeping anywhere between 11-13 hours a night (usually going down between 7:30-8pm and waking up between 7-8am). However, we did go through a few different issues these past few months of him waking up during the night, wide awake, and just wanting to play. And each time, he’d be up for at least two hours…it was exhausting. We finally realized that he usually ended up sporting a new tooth sometime around these wakeups, so we attributed it somewhat to that.

There was also a couple of weeks where he was waking up because he couldn’t find his paci, which was really odd (this was never an issue for him). We ended up taking a blanket out of his crib and also gave him two extra pacis in there and we’ve been fine since. I’d love to get rid of the paci, but I don’t think any of us are quite ready yet…

I was talking with one of my girlfriends about it last week, and we were both saying that if worse comes to worst, I’ll probably wait until he’s old to understand if I were to tell him that we’re “giving it to another baby to use.” Lucas has actually been the “recipient” of some bottles and pacis from friends’ of ours (i.e., not really, that’s just what the parents told their kids) and I’ve had no problem with that. So, we’ll see what happens!

Clothing: Mostly 18-24 month clothing (although some 18 month things are getting short/tight), size 5 shoes, and size 5 diapers. He’s our big boy! And I don’t think we really realized it until we saw that he’s one of the tallest in his soccer class but definitely the youngest.

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Teeth: Current count = 8 fully in (4 on top, 3 on bottom, 1 molar) and 3 on the way (one on bottom, 2 molars…). These poor babes and their teeth!

What does Lucas like and what’s new lately?

  • Loves cars and trucks – driving them around the house, up the walls, on people…
  • Playing with his Mega Blocks and sorting them by size
  • Loooooves music and dancing
  • Reading books, but very particular about which ones (he’s currently obsessed with his baby prayer book, anything by Leslie Patricelli, and things with flaps or buttons

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  • Climbing on anything he can
  • Loves putting things together and taking them apart. He will sit with an empty bottle of his for a good 10 minutes trying to put it together then taking it apart.
  • Testing his limits – he’s very aware of things he shouldn’t be doing and likes to watch and see what we’ll do about it. TROUBLE, I’ll tell ya.
  • Jumping on beds, couches, and…well, anything he can
  • Big Block Singsong (playing this on YouTube is a saving grace some nights)
  • Giving kisses and hugs
  • Riding his rocking horse saying “yeee haaaa”

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  • Saying “Hiiiiiiiieeee” when entering a room (or to strangers at the grocery store)
  • Says please and thank you (“peeez” and “dacooo”)
  • Will respond with a head shake of yes or no when answering questions
  • Can name most body parts and point to them on himself and others: head, hair, eyes, ears, nose, teeth, chin, cheeks, belly, hands, butt, knees, toes, fingers
  • Loves to help us clean! He’ll push the broom around, follow along with the vacuum (he’s obsessed), and pick up things to put in the “garooo” (garbage).
  • Likes to follow mommy into the “barooom” (bathroom) to go potty (mommy doesn’t pee alone these days).
  • Can open doors on his own (i.e., the bullet above)
  • Still loves his teddy

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  • Get’s SO excited when we say we’re going to visit Grandma/Papa/Grammie/Papa T
  • Calls most things “MA, MOM, or MAMA” but knows that it’s really me
  • Can identify about 3/4 of the objects from his magnet set (we have this Melissa and Doug set) and now we’re working on letters. He’s pretty good with B, L, J, and M.
  • Has just recently started showing more of an interest in talking (I feel like it’s probably going to happen overnight!). He doesn’t have too many words, but his favorites (not perfect, of course) are: cheese, mom, dad, papa, pizza, car, banana (“menamena”), fish, Big Block (“keekah”), zebra, panda, cat, baby
  • Obsessed with cats and “meowing” any time he sees one (real, fake, cartoon – doesn’t matter)
  • Knows animal sounds for cat, horse, monkey, dog, and almost lion (we’re working on that one now!)
  • His receptive language amazes us everyday – we can ask him to do tasks like go to his room and get a bib, or pick something up and throw it in the garbage, and he can do it with no problem.
  • Starting to imitate (or at least try) a lot of what we say and do. We’ve definitely become aware of the fact that we need to be careful of what we say these days!
  • He is quite animated…the faces he makes crack us up every single day.

 

Comparison:

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Happy half birthday, my sweet Lucas. You certainly keep us on our toes and I have no doubt you are just going to continue to give us a run for our money. We love you to pieces, Mister. <3

For Two Fitness Major New Year Giveaway!

As you guys may remember, I wore For Two Fitness apparel through my pregnancy with “Baby Tooth” and they were definitely my favorite maternity fitness apparel brand. I actually still wear the capris now – they’re awesome! I’m excited to partner with For Two Fitness today, who is currently running a phenomenal giveaway for the New Year.

(Please note, this is not a sponsored post and I do not receive anything for entries – I just wanted to share the awesome giveaway with you all! Read the details from their post below…)

Happy New Year! We are so thankful to YOU — our community, customers, and friends. To express our thanks, we are hosting a huge giveaway this week in partnership with some amazing brands and our ambassadors. The Grand Prize is valued at $1000.  We have phenomenal prizes, including the newest offering from BOB – a Revolution FLEX  jogging stroller – plus prizes from ASICS, Ergo and Maison Drake baby boutique, and For Two Fitness – all facets of your healthy mom lifestyle are in this prize pack!

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The grand prize winner will win everything you see listed here.  Prizes have been furnished by our wonderful brand partners in connection with a sponsoring ambassador (Katie from Mom’s Little Running Buddy and Melody from Will Run For Margaritas). Here are more details about the amazing products that have been generously donated for you to win and enjoy:

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Grand Prize Giveaway items:

  • The New BOB Revolution FLEX single stroller
  • For Two Fitness maternity athletic outfit (top and bottom of winner’s choice)
  • Ergo 360 Baby Carrier furnished by Maison Drake baby boutique
  • Asics Running Shoes (1 pair of the winner’s choice)

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Wow!  We are thrilled to give away these amazing prizes.  This contest runs from Monday, January 12th through midnight on Friday, January 16th.  Visit the For Two Fitness site to enterBe sure to follow @ForTwoFitness and our co-hosts @run4margaritas and @momslrb on Instagram in order for your entries to be valid.

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Thanks for celebrating the New Year with us!  Good Luck!!

Toddler Meal: Easy Cheesy Spinach Pasta

Over the past month or so, Lucas has definitely gotten to be much more picky when it comes to what he eats. Where we used to be able to put basically anything on a tray in front of him, he’s now begun to show his preferences which, mind you, can change from one day to the next.

But recently, thanks to my friend Kanika, I was turned on to a recipe that has proven to be a winner in our kitchen every single time I serve it.

easy cheesy spinach pasta

I can put together a batch of this in about 15-20 minutes and it’ll last us for the entire week.

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I love how it’s not only ridiculously easy to make, but it also provides some extra greens that Lucas is typically no longer interested in.

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Hey…however we can sneak ‘em in there, right? Winking smile

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Easy Cheesy Spinach Pasta

(adapted from this recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 2 big handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1 cup uncooked mini pasta, such as ditalini
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to directions.
  2. Melt the butter in a small frying pan and sauté the spinach until just wilted.
  3. Combine the spinach with the milk and cheeses and chop finely in a food processor.
  4. Mix with the cooked pasta. Serve and enjoy!

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I know Lucas is.

GB Zuzu Stroller Review

disclaimer

I recently got the opportunity to test out and review the GB Zuzu stroller, and I can tell you all right now that we absolutely LOVE this thing.

GB Zuzu Stroller

The GB Zuzu Stroller is sold (along with all other GB products) exclusively at Babies “R” Us stores and BabiesRUs.com.

The Zuzu is a lightweight stroller that has a unique compact self-standing slide fold that’s shorter than typical umbrella strollers so its super easy to tote and tuck away. It was this reason that initially grabbed my interest, as someone who owns both a full travel system stroller (Graco) and a small, cheap umbrella stroller. While both of those can work great, sometimes it’s a pain to cart around both of them since I don’t know which one I’ll need to use.

Lucas and I have tried out the Zuzu a few different places – at the grocery store, the mall, the softball fields, and just out for a regular walk – and I was extremely pleased with just how well the stroller works for just about anything.

My cool little dude seems to really enjoy sitting in the rather posh reclining seat every time we go out, and he can easily strap in to the adjustable harness.

GB Zuzu Stroller

The Zuzu features a fairly sturdy and extendable air-flow canopy which also has a zip-away mesh ventilated window. Perfect for keeping an eye on the little guy when he needs to be shaded from the sun.

GB Zuzu Stroller

This stroller has the comfort, roominess, and storage of my bigger Graco stroller, but it’s compact size reminds me more of a super-duper umbrella stroller. One thing that I’m sure all moms and dads will love is the fact that the Zuzu is also compatible with select Graco and Chicco Infant Car Seats. We own the Graco Snugride35 car seat, which easily fit into the Zuzu, but because Lucas has since transitioned into his convertible car seat and likes to have a little more room to move, he was more content to sit in the stroller seat without the car seat.

GB Zuzu Stroller

The Zuzu also features a rather large storage basket, which is probably one of my favorite things about it. While I loved having a standard umbrella stroller, I really missed out on the storage aspect of it.

GB Zuzu Stroller

And, of course, one of the most important things to consider when buying a stroller (at least in my opinion) is being able to close and store it quickly and easily. There have been a few times this past year when we’ve carted around our larger stroller and the added bulk just made things more difficult than they had to be. Plus, now that Lucas is fully mobile, I need something I can quickly fold up and toss in the trunk.

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Breaking down the stroller is extremely easy. First you use the finger-activated slide fold, then just pull up on the lock towards the base where the storage basked is.

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Once you pull up, the stroller folds up shorter than an umbrella stroller, making it perfectly compact to throw in even the smallest of spaces.

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If I were to say anything negative about it, I would have to touch on the fact that it does not have any sort of tray or beverage holder, which sometimes comes in handy when we use our larger stroller. But overall, I would absolutely recommend this stroller and can foresee us getting quite a bit of use out of it.

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350 Days

When I first found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to attempt breastfeeding. It was something that I’d always considered, but I had told myself that if it didn’t work…it didn’t work. I wasn’t going to push something if it wasn’t right for me and Lucas, but I knew I wanted to give it a shot.

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So I started out with a goal of making it three months. Everyone I spoke to and everything I read always warned about how tough those first few weeks are, so I hung on to this advice and kept it tucked away for when I needed it. And trust me…there were many times during those first few weeks that I needed it.

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While I don’t have another baby or personal experience to compare mine to, I think it’s safe for me to say that Lucas and I really did have an amazing relationship with breastfeeding. He latched right away, and despite a couple of hiccups while we were still in the hospital after his birth, he and I had this thing down pretty well.

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Don’t get me wrong…I’m certainly not trying to paint a beautiful picture here. Sure, he ate like a champ, but let’s not forget about the leaking, the soreness, the hot flashes, the mastitis, the rigid feeding schedule and feeling like my life revolved around my boobs, and everything else in between. But then, just like that, we made it to three months and we were still going strong.

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At this point, I was heading back to work and knew that our exclusive nursing sessions were now going to be broken apart with my pumping at work. Knowing that this could make things a bit more difficult, as I’d been told by many, I gave myself another new goal of making it to 6 months of breastfeeding and pumping.

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So for 166 days, I carted my pump bag to and from work. At first, I started out pumping three times a day, which was just awful. Eventually, I cut it down to two times a day, and finally, for about a month, I was able to get away with just pumping once a day at work. There were only 3 days where I forgot my pump parts at home and had to drive back and get them, so out of 166 days, I’d say that was a victory.

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Again, with time flying quicker than ever, we found ourselves at 6 months and things were still going great. I wasn’t pumping quite enough milk every day for him, so we had to start supplementing a bit with formula around this time. Some days we needed it, others we didn’t. But I still carried on with my nursing and pumping the same way I had been. At this point I thought, “Well, we might as well try to make it to a year?,” and so, we carried on…me both surprised and thrilled that we were still at it.

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Around the 10 month mark, I was really done with pumping. My supply was getting noticeably smaller, and the output just wasn’t worth the effort in my opinion anymore (about 2-3 oz total). I told myself to stick with the pumping at work up until 11 months, which was right before we went away to Wildwood. While we were away, I attempted to nurse him in the afternoons when he’d typically get his bottle, but he was just too busy and wanted to be up and moving (either that, or he was attempting to bite me…) so we gave him a bottle instead and didn’t worry about pumping.

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About a week after Lucas turned 11 months, I had a night where I was incredibly exhausted and just wanted to go to bed, so I skipped my usual before-bed pumping session. When I tried the next day, I got close to nothing, so that session was the next one that was nixed. I felt no discomfort or pain (as some do feel when they start to wean from breastfeeding), which I attribute to my supply already diminishing.

At this point, we were still nursing in the mornings though, and it was my one and only time Lucas and I could really have our one-on-one cuddles. No other time would he cuddle with me, except for our morning nursing session, where we’d giggle and laugh and play our blinking game. I love this time. Or rather, loved.

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On Friday, July 11th, I went to nurse Lucas as I typically would in the morning. He latched on for 30 seconds but then the weather came on the tv and he just had to watch it, as usual (the kid loves the 7 day forecast?!). From there, he had no interest in having anymore and just wanted to play. On Saturday, July 12th, I gave it one more attempt; I sat him in my lap and as I went to get him to nurse he looked up at me with the funniest face, as if he were saying, “Umm mom, what are you doing?” And just like that, we were done.

350 days later, our breastfeeding journey was over.

And although we were just short of my goal of a year, I could not have asked for it to go any smoother. Lucas weaned himself from his final nursing session, which is exactly what I had hoped, and I didn’t have to deal with any discomfort. That morning nursing session was never really something he went nuts about, so I figured he’d be okay with however the transition was made; but knowing he helped guide that decision makes the teeny bit of mommy guilt I still feel for stopping seem a bit smaller. Honestly, we could have gone two years, and I know I’d still feel a little bit of guilt and sadness. That’s just how I am.

Breastfeeding was an immensely awesome relationship that I was fortunate enough to have with Lucas, and knowing he’s done also means he’s really growing up on me. This manages to make my heart ache and fill me with so much excitement all at the same time, because I cannot wait to see what’s to come with this sweet little boy of mine.

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Lucas: 11 Months

One more month until a year old. Hold me.

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Weight & Height: According to our (very) unofficial measurements, Lucas weighs about 23lbs and about 30 inches.

Eating: Lucas continues to eat like a horse. His grandparents especially get a kick out of watching him eat because he really can put on quite a show…usually when he’s double fisting and smashing food into his face because he’s going too quick to get it into his mouth…

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I’m sure we must have introduced some more new foods this month in addition to those he’s already been eating, but I’ve really stopped keeping track. He’ll eat basically anything; including, but not limited to, cat food, sand, soap, and most other inedible objects he can find.

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Nursing/Bottles:

Lucas dropped his second afternoon nursing session this month (the one I’d typically do with him when I got home from work). He really just stopped showing interest, so I figured I’d just try dropping it and see how he did. He never batted an eye, and we never looked back. This month (actually, on the day he turned 11 months) I also stopped pumping at work. I got to the point where I was just done with packing up that pump. I still have some breastmilk stored in the freezer, so we’ll be using that, in addition to formula up until he turns a year. So at this point, he nurses in the morning, takes one bottle at daycare, one bottle at bedtime, and I pump once before bed. I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to transition away from pumping/nursing (my goal was originally to make it to 6 months), then to a year, since I plan on doing that right around a year old for him. We’ll see how that goes.

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Sleeping (naps): Naps are still fairly consistent, and he’s still napping really well on the weekends, too. We’re still at two naps, usually between 9:30-10am and 2:30-3:30pm (depends on when he last woke up) and each one lasts about an hour and a half to 2 hours (although sometimes 2-1/2 hours on the weekends). Occasionally, he’ll wind up throwing out all of his loveys/blankies and then realize he wants them back, so we need to do a quick retrieval. Silly boy.

Sleeping (at night): Still doing great! Lucas sleeps through the night, going down between 7:30–8pm and usually wakes up around 7:00am, but sometimes closer to 7:30am on weekends(!).

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Clothing: All 12 month clothing over here now, size 3 shoes, and size 4 diapers.

New this month:

  • Walking EVERYWHERE. Seriously, there’s no stopping him now. He is on the move all day, every day. If he wants to get somewhere super quick, he’ll still crawl to get there, but he’s picking up his pace rather quickly, so…
  • New teeth! He got his first one last month, and since then we have two on the bottom, one poking through on the top, and another one on the top right under the surface. His pediatrician warned us that they’d probably come quickly since they “bloomed” so late!
  • Waving with his full arm. Last month, Lucas was mostly doing the backwards hand wave, but now he’s really good at doing the wave from the elbow. He’s also pretty good at waving when we say things like, “Can you wave?” “Say hello!” or “Wave bye bye!”
  • He’s got a few new sounds but, just like last month, I can’t quite figure out how to portray in text. Still no “mama’s,” but I’ll occasionally get a “bapa” when I ask for a mama, so I just keep telling myself he’s trying. Either that, or he’s just holding out for until he can say, “I love you, mama.”
  • Shaking his head yes and no when we say one or the other.

Nicknames: Bubs, Bubba, Mister, Mister Man, bulldozer

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Lucas likes:

  • Walking and being on the MOVE!
  • All. of. the. food.
  • Reading books – current favorites are “Jungle King” and “Guess Who, Mickey?”
  • His teddy (a lovey he sleeps with)

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  • Mickey Mouse
  • Theme songs to any cartoon or commercial
  • Emptying bins and baskets
  • Playing at his water table
  • Elements of surprise – he loves when we play peek-a-boo around the corner and jump out at him. The video below is from when we were in Wildwood last week and it is easily my favorite video of him to date. I think you’ll see why…

Lucas dislikes:

  • Getting his face and hands wiped after eating
  • Getting ready for bedtime, but only when he has to lay down on his changing table
  • When mommy leaves the room too suddenly
  • Not being able to move 1,000 miles a minute

Comparison:

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Happy 11 months to you, my sweet little man. You light up my life more than you’ll ever know. <3

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Lucas: 10 Months

We’ve officially made it to double digits. Unbelievable.

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I’m pretty sure I say this every month, but man, he is fun. As his personality continues to develop, Mr. Independent has us laughing right along with him every day. It still boggles my mind that I’m going to have a one year old in less than two months…that just does not seem possible.

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Weight & Height: According to our (very) unofficial measurements, Lucas weighs about 21.5lbs (+1.3 from last month) and about 29.5 inches.

Eating: This boy is a machine. Seriously. Watching him shovel food into his mouth with two hands makes us laugh every single time, and he can drain a yogurt/food pouch in 90 seconds. No, I’m not kidding.

We’re still following a pretty similar nursing/feeding/bottle schedule as last month, but we’ve been transitioning out the pureed foods, since Lucas’s desire to be spoon-fed is really limited to either oatmeal or yogurt. Anything else and he wants no part of it. So much for the 56 cubes of chicken/sweet potato/spinach and chicken/pasta/veggie purees I made…

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We introduced some more new foods this month in addition to those he’s already been eating, and I’ve definitely found myself getting a lot more lax with what we give him. As long as it’s bite-sized, semi-soft, and doesn’t have any honey, nuts, or added salt/sugar, it’s fair game. Some newbies this month…

  • green smoothies (banana/strawberry/mango/spinach/water)
  • turkey meatloaf
  • waffles (as strips or bite sized)
  • cheddar cheese
  • hamburger

Sleeping (naps): Naps are still pretty consistent, and we’ve also noticed that he tends to nap really, really well on the weekends, which we attribute to him probably not getting as much sleep during the week. We’re still at two naps, usually between 9:30-10am and 2-3pm (depends on when he last woke up) and each one lasts about an hour and a half to 2 hours (although sometimes 2-1/2 hours on the weekends). He’ll crawl around in the crib for a bit or pound on the side of the railings before finally settling down with his teddy.

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Sleeping (at night): Knock on wood, we’re still having full nights of sleep over here! Lucas sleeps through the night, going down between 8-8:30pm and usually wakes up around 7:00am (sometimes a little later on the weekends, which we certainly aren’t complaining about).

Clothing: He can still wear most of his 9 month clothes, but some 12 month outfits fit him well, too. Nine month pants are too short so those usually need to be 12 months now, but I love that shorts weather is almost here for a while! He also suddenly moved into size 4 diapers…gahh! How did this happen?! Pants are still an issue (too big in the waist for the right length) so I’ll be glad when we’re in shorts weather soon!

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New this month:

  • Houston, we’ve got our first tooth! Granted, the little stinker still will not let us see it, but I noticed it (felt it with my finger) on the morning he turned 10 months old. He had been a little whiny, so we thought maybe something was up…sure enough!
  • Walking with his walker, with mom or dad, or on anything else he can get his hands on. He loves cruising around with his walker or holding onto our fingers since it gets him farther, but he’ll also reach for various pieces of furniture and makes his away across the room that way. He’s a speedy one!
  • Standing on his own. Every once in a while we’ll look over at him and realize he’s just standing there without holding on to anything. He’s getting good, too…I think our days are numbered before we have a walker on our hands.
  • Waving! Lucas is getting really good at waving to people when we say “bye bye” or “hello.” Most of the time, it’s the backwards wave where he waves to himself which I just adore.
  • Sharing! Most times, if we ask him to share (whether it be a ball or piece of food), he’ll reach out and share what he has. It’s adorable.
  • Sometimes he’ll play peek-a-boo, but it’s pretty rare.
  • He’s got a few new types of  “gagaga’s” and a couple others that I can’t quite figure out how to portray in text. Still no “mama’s.”
  • He’ll “roll” (i.e., whip his arms back and forth until they somehow hit the ball forward) a ball back and forth.

Nicknames: Bubs, Bubba, Mister, Mister Man, bulldozer, cool dude…obviously…

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Lucas likes:

  • MOVING! Very rarely will you find him contently in one spot, unless he’s reading or sleeping. Taking these monthly photos is definitely a bit more of a challenge now…

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  • Finger foods and eating in general
  • Reading books
  • His teddy (a lovey he sleeps with)
  • Theme songs to just about any cartoon
  • Watching cars out the window
  • My cell phone
  • Splashing in the tub and any sort of water
  • Mommy and Daddy sneaking up on him and yelling “BOO!”
  • Walking with his walker
  • Roughhousing with his stuffed animals…

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Poor monkey takes a beating these days.

Lucas dislikes:

  • Getting his face and hands wiped after eating
  • Getting ready for bedtime, but only when he has to lay down on his changing table
  • When mommy leaves the room too suddenly
  • Confined spaces
  • Not being able to move 1,000 miles a minute

Comparison:

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Lucas, you are a barrel of fun and you keep mommy and daddy smiling all day long. Don’t ever change that spunky personality of yours!

Lucas: 9 Months

Well, only about two weeks late on this month’s update. Whoops!

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Oh, my sweet Lucas. Curious as ever, always wanting to know what’s going on around him. I am amazed watching him day after day, seeing him develop new preferences, abilities, dislikes, and a killer personality. This boy can light up a room!

Since this month’s post is a bit late, I’m trying really hard not to mix things up for next month’s post, so this one may be a bit shorter. Who knows…we’ll see how it pans out!

Weight & Height: At his 9 month appointment, Lucas weighed in at about 20.2 lbs and I think, 29 inches (*not 23, typo!) long (both of which were between the 50th-75th percentile). He’s our little bulldozer!

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Don’t worry, Bud. We mean that as a good thing.

Eating: Still going so well! We’re still following a pretty similar nursing/feeding/bottle schedule as we have the past couple of months; the major changes would be the variety (and quantity!) of solids:

  • 7:00am(ish) – Nurse
  • 8:30am – Breakfast: 1/4 cup oatmeal with breastmilk and fruit (apples or bananas) + cut up fruit (blueberries/strawberries/grapes)
  • 11:00am-11:30am – 6oz bottle breastmilk (or nurse him when I’m home)
  • 12:00-12:30pm – Lunch: (2) 1oz portions of veggies/fruit, yogurt, and diced fruit or veggies
  • 4:00pm – Nurse (or a 6oz bottle breastmilk/formula if he wakes earlier from his nap while at daycare
  • 5:45-6:00pm – Dinner: (2-3) 1oz portions veggies/fruit, protein (ex. 2 mini chicken meatballs or an egg yolk), diced fruit or veggies or toast (or yogurt or cottage cheese, depending on what he had at lunch)
  • 7:45pm – 6oz bottle formula + breastmilk at bedtime

We introduced a couple more new foods this month in addition to those he’s already been eating:

  • strawberries
  • grapes
  • egg yolks (hard-boiled)
  • bite-sized pasta (ditalini or cut up elbows)
  • chicken meatballs, cut into bite-sized pieces

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  • yogurt (we buy some of the Yo Baby, but also bought a big tub of Stonyfield full-fat plain and mix it with some pureed fruit and cinnamon, too – much cheaper!)
  • cottage cheese (rinsed and eaten as finger foods)
  • whole wheat toast with a little butter or fruit puree

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In addition to new foods, he’s also been eating a lot of other foods as finger foods, including peas, carrots, pears, avocado, green beans, and bananas. He actually prefers finger foods most days now (and is a champ at the pincer grasp) and gets a little antsy when we can’t get the spoon to his mouth quick enough. *A tip: For the more slippery foods, coat them in some super finely crushed Cheerios. Easy peasy pick up!

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Sleeping (naps): Naps have stayed pretty much the same. Most days, he’s taking two naps between 9-10am and 2-3pm (depends on when he last woke up) and each one lasts about an hour and a half to 2 hours. Very rarely does he need help getting to sleep. He’ll usually crawl around in the crib for a bit or pound on the side of the railings before finally settling down.

Sleeping (at night): SO good!! Over the course of a few weeks, we gradually pushed his bedtime back to about 8pm (more so to fit with our own schedules) and he adjust really well with that. Most nights, he’ll sleep through the night, from about 8pm – 6:30 or 7:00am. Trust me…we are counting our lucky stars with that one and enjoying it while it lasts (because I’m no dummy…he’s still all gums over here, so I’m sure once the teething monster strikes, it’s not gonna be pretty!).

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Clothing: Mostly 9 month clothes and size 3 diapers. Pants are still an issue (too big in the waist for the right length) so I’ll be glad when we’re in shorts weather soon!

New this month: Oh my goodness, talk about progress this month!

  • Speed crawling…like, for real.
  • New sounds! He loves stringing together “bababa,” “dadada,” and “gagaga.” Alas, still no “mama’s” in there.
  • Pulling up on things – Last month he pulled up to his knees but he’s now pulling up to his feet on just about everything he can get his hands on.
  • Takes a couple of steps while walking along the couch or coffee table. He doesn’t go far, but he definitely looks like he’s contemplating it!
  • Drinking well from a sippy cup. We introduced in a couple of months ago, but he just recently started being able to really drink from it.
  • Swinging in a swing!

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Nicknames: Bubs, Bubba, Mister, Mister Man, Peanut (although he’s quickly outgrowing that one!). Sometimes we’ll call him Luke, too. We get asked quite a bit if we’ll call him Luke or Lucas. My answer is that I’ll most likely call him Lucas, but he can be whatever he wants to be when he gets older.

Lucas likes:

  • Finger foods
  • Reading books
  • His teddy (a lovey he sleeps with)
  • Listening to music (Fall Out Boy, 311, Zac Brown Band and Florida Georgia Line)
  • Theme songs to just about any cartoon
  • Bubbles!

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  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  • The remote control (the real one…of course!)
  • My cell phone
  • Splashing in the tub and any sort of water
  • Seeing pictures of himself or his reflection in my cell phone
  • Cody! Lucas still loves him…unfortunately, the feeling isn’t mutual.
  • Sitting in the shopping cart like a big boy

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Lucas dislikes:

  • Getting his face wiped off. This is probably the biggest one. Oooo does he hate it!
  • Getting ready for bedtime – still a struggle. It’s almost comical at this point
  • When mommy leaves the room too suddenly

Comparison:

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Lucas, you are the sweetest, happiest little boy. You can throw a tantrum with the best of ‘em, but that’s what makes you YOU, and we love every bit of it. <3